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Pennsylvania Requires High Performance CPR for EMS

High Performance CPRThe Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS, made a special announcement in March 2013.  The state would be requiring their emergency medical services personnel to use High Performance CPR beginning on July 1, 2013.

ALL EMS personnel, QRS, BLS, and ALS EMS Agencies will be using the high performance CPR approach to manage cardiac arrests beginning July 1, 2013. Using a “pit crew” approach to manage cardiac arrests has been shown to improve out of hospital cardiac arrest survival.

Other names for the CPR protocol that you might see include: High Functioning CPR, High Density CPR, Pit Crew CPR, and Team CPR.

This new concept has been proven highly successful in other areas of the country, where survival rates skyrocketed from seven percent to eight percent, to 30 percent to 40 percent.  I’ve seen some numbers reaching above 50 percent.

This protocol is strictly for adult patients who suddenly collapse and have no pulse.  There are minimal breaks in compressions for rescue breaths, with compressions at a rate of 100-120 beats per minute, about two inches deep, allowing for full chest recoil.

EMS professionals around Pennsylvania believe that this new approach will lead to more lives saved.

Providers in Pennsylvania must be trained either via a 1.5-hour online course, or by attending a hands-on, three- to four-hour class hosted by those already trained in the new requirement.

Why I Use ProCPR for Certification or Recertification

Why I use ProCPRHave you wondered why you might want to use ProCPR for your CPR and First Aid training and certification, or recertification?  Take a look at this video, as we show you just how easy it is to use our program for your needs.  This video reflects the stories of most of our customers.

We had the help of Smiley Family Dentistry for one of the locations in this video.  Thanks Dr. Smiley!

The video features Jacqui Bernhardt in the leading role.

Boy Hit in Chest by Baseball is Saved with CPR

kid+hit+with+baseball+njIn New Jersey, an 8-year-old boy was playing baseball, and attempting to steal third base when he was struck in the chest by a baseball.  The opposing team’s catcher was attempting to throw him out.  Ian McGreevy got up quickly after he was hit, but quickly fell back to the ground.

A mom, who was there watching her son, sprang into action. “I just saw this beautiful child on the ground, his eyes were wide open, his lips were turning a little blue,” Maureen Renaghan told The Record. “I put my hand on his chest, and I didn’t feel anything.”

She immediately began CPR on McGreevy.  By the fourth time she blew air into his mouth, she felt a heartbeat.  He choked, turned over, and threw up.  He didn’t remember what happened, but did remember his name as well as where he lived.  By the time paramedics arrived, he was fully conscious.


Free CPR Training for High Schoolers

CPR class at Algoma Christian H.S. in Sparta, Michigan. May 2012.

There were 16.3 million students enrolled in public high schools in the U.S. in 2008 — students who are eager to learn CPR and save lives. At least, that’s what we’ve found talking to high school students throughout Michigan this past year.

This is great news! But there’s a problem — school budget cuts are making it difficult for schools to afford to teach CPR classes, even though students are genuinely excited to learn. Our mission at ProTrainings has always been to bring our CPR training to as many people as possible, even if that means making it available for free.

During the 2011-2012 school year, we contacted hundreds of high school teachers and administrators and were able to successfully train more than 1,400 students in 17 schools, at no cost to the school. Thanks to the support of all our paying ProCPR customers, we have been able to use a portion of the proceeds to give back to the community and train our next generation of rescuers. It has been amazing to visit classrooms and talk to the teachers and kids about CPR and saving lives (read more about our experiences on our School CPR blog).

The response so far has been truly amazing, but we need your help! More schools need to be told about the Student CPR program, and you can help us make that happen. Talk to the principal or health teacher at your local high school about the importance of widespread CPR training. Follow us on Twitterlike us on Facebook, and help spread the word to everyone you know. Together, we can make a difference and give more people a second chance at life.

CPR in Sports: Baseball Umpire Saves Employee

Jim Joyce, a veteran baseball umpire, had no idea what was in store for him when he was getting ready for a game between the Marlins and Diamondbacks in Arizona on Monday night.

According to an article by Scott Miller, Joyce was walking out of his dressing room when he saw a game-day Diamondback employee having a seizure. He knew that he needed to keep her head protected, so he did, but once she went unconscious, he knew he needed to do more.

He had learned CPR in high school, and had used it before, so he knew what to do.

He began doing 30 compressions and two breaths, 30 compressions two breaths, 30 compressions two breaths, until the paramedics arrived with an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). But even after the initial shock of the defibrillator, the woman still did not regain consciousness.

So Joyce continued, 30 compressions and two breaths, 30 compressions and two breaths.

After another shock from the defibrillator, the woman started breathing again and the paramedics were able to rush her to the hospital where they were able to stabilize her.

“This is something everybody should know.” Joyce commented after the event. “Everybody should know what to do in a circumstance like that. It’s not a hard thing. You don’t need a degree. It’s very simple, and very easy.”

To learn CPR, visit to get started. So that, just like Jim Joyce, you can be ready to save a life at a moment’s notice.

CPR in Entertainment: Dumb and Dumber

Recently someone reminded me of a scene in the movie Dumb and Dumber that featured and attempt at CPR.  It’s a pretty classic scene that goes horribly wrong.

In the scene, someone called Mental is holding Harry and Lloyd hostage.  They stop to get something to eat, and Harry and Lloyd try a prank which brings about an allergic reaction.  They then try to rescue Mental with “CPR.”  Or at least their own variation of it.

It starts with Mental having each of the others try these hot peppers. He leaves to make a phone call, and by the time he comes back, the guys have put the peppers on his burger. He has an allergic reaction to the peppers and falls onto the floor. Harry and Lloyd react quickly, pumping his legs in a ridiculous “heimlich” maneuver that isn’t, and then beating him on the chest. One of them tries to give rescue breaths, which Mental stops from happening. Mental does, however, carry pills with him, but he’s left those in the van. Instead, he had rat poison, which he’d intended on using on Harry and Lloyd. They give him the poison, thinking it’s the pills that he needs, and he finally passes out.

Watch the Video (Warning, some strong language. May not be safe for work.)

CPR in Entertainment: Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

When I was a little kid, we’d sometimes watch episodes of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.  I was always a bit confused, though, thinking that the kids would have been the same ones that were on The Cosby Show.  There was even a character named Rudy, which just added to that confusion.  Anyway, I found an episode of the cartoon that dealt with a CPR class that the kids were taking.

It was amazing to me that this issue was not only addressed, but also promoted, in a children’s cartoon.  This episode first aired on September 1, 1984.  CPR can be a very tough comment for young kids to handle, but when handled in a way that doesn’t talk down to kids, but rather brings it to them at their level, it can be very effective in building awareness of this life-saving skill.

Watch the Video

Here’s the video description: “It’s fun with dummies! (No not Rudy) When Rudy decides shooting some baskets is more fun than a CPR class, Fat Albert and the Cosby kids learn just how important CPR is thanks to their buddy Mudfoot. Just an FYI, this is not an instructional video.”

CPR in Entertainment: Casino Royale

There are two CPR sequences in Casino Royale to mention. One that worked, one that didn’t. And neither of them accurately portrayed. Casino Royale is one of the latest James Bond movies, and was the first to star Daniel Craig in the leading role.

In the first scene, James Bond is poisoned. He realizes what is happening, and stumbles to a restroom with a glass and a salt shaker from a table he passes along the way. He proceeds to drink a cup full of saltwater, and then stumbles out of the building. He then makes it to his car where he injects himself with something, and proceeds to attempt to use a defibrillator on himself. Finally, someone else comes along and does it for him after he passes out. At this point, he recovers and the movie goes on.


CPR in Entertainment: The Abyss

There’s a scene of CPR in the film The Abyss.  It is a bit of a longer scene.  While the CPR proves to be successful, it avoids some of the cliches that happen.  The CPR isn’t clean, nor is it very pretty, which tends to happen in many of the films that portray it.

I’ve not seen The Abyss, and only just found the scene in question.  It gets most of the CPR right, with the person performing it with straight arms and the head tilted so the airway is opened.  The rest falls into the realm of fiction, leading to Ed Harris slapping the woman in the face a few times in frustration while shouting at her to come back.  It is only after this that she is revived. It is ridiculous, but seemed to captivate the audience at the time the movie was released.


CPR in Entertainment: Xena – Warrior Princess

In this entry in the CPR in Entertainment series, we’re going to talk about a show that I’ve never seen.  This CPR scene was recommended by Rex.  In the episode, which closes out the first season of the show, a lot of things happen which lead to the quick invention of CPR, hundreds of years before it was actually invented. In fact, it is Xena herself who invents CPR in her desperation to revive the dead Gabrielle.

CPR in Entertainment is a series based on rescue scenes found in both TV shows and movies. If you have a suggestion for a future entry, please comment below!